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Forum topic by Chris Cook posted 11-03-2017 05:20 PM 740 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2017 05:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question

I know it seems that I only post inquiries about things unknown and I can see why.

This is a tool that is in a coworkers office. He said he does not know what it is and no one has been able to identify it.

He said if I can find out what it is, he’ll give it to me.

so, tell me what it is and I will sell it to you for big $$$$

thank you!

-It is about as big as a tape rule.

-The round knob on top will loosen to allow a tiny rule to slide completely out. It looks like a little T-Square about 3.5 inches long

-The white part on top is a spirit level

-There is a lever of some type on the back that will rotate up and over the spirit level and it also slides to and fro.

-When the rule is completely slid into place, it rest about 1/16th” above the tabletop. It is NOT flush with the bottom.

-There is no writing or print anywhere.

-The rule has no writing or print, only graduated marks.

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""


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#1 posted 11-03-2017 05:33 PM

Check the marks to see if they are graduated
on a typographic scale.

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#2 posted 11-03-2017 05:48 PM

It apparently predates Phillips head screws (1930)

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#3 posted 11-18-2017 03:29 PM

Anybody have a clue? I was wondering if this could be a part of an old plumb bob kit?

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#4 posted 11-18-2017 04:30 PM

I’m going with paperweight! ;)

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#5 posted 11-18-2017 09:27 PM

Loren, You’re thinking topo map reader for locating artillery? If so, I’ve never seen one without either a sight or protractor attached. The ones I’ve seen were used both to read the topo and on site as a dumpy level.

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#6 posted 11-18-2017 09:49 PM



Loren, You re thinking topo map reader for locating artillery? If so, I ve never seen one without either a sight or protractor attached. The ones I ve seen were used both to read the topo and on site as a dumpy level.

- bold1

I was thinking it might be something for setting
up printing equipment, but that’s a pretty wild
guess. Your idea sounds better.

I think the plumb bob idea is not bad, but the device
has some peculiar features suggesting if it’s for
a plumb bob it was for a very specific operation.

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#7 posted 11-18-2017 09:56 PM

I just know the wood is alder.

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#8 posted 11-18-2017 10:50 PM

Sorry. I misread your post as topo instead or typo.

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#9 posted 11-19-2017 01:47 PM



Check the marks to see if they are graduated
on a typographic scale.

- Loren


Loren, it is graduated to a normal scaled ruler

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#10 posted 11-19-2017 01:56 PM

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#11 posted 11-19-2017 02:02 PM

I am favoring the typesetting. My much older brothers spent their summers working at a local union newspaper in the 50’s and they set type. They did have a tool to keep the whole thing inline and straight.

The rule sets for the line and font size of the type which would be a bigger piece of lead for bigger font and vise versa, the spirit level checks to make sure the type is all set correctly level in the tray for inking, and the handle on the back is simply raised up to use as a handle to move it around to check lines of type, flatness, etc.

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#12 posted 11-20-2017 01:32 PM

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